Ex-Eraserheads frontmanEly Buendia was officially discharged from the hospital last Friday, September5, after staying for almost a week following another angioplasty procedure toclear his blocked arteries. Ely underwent the same procedure twice last yearafter suffering a heart attack during an out-of-town gig with his current band,Pupil.
In a taped interview withThe Buzz which was aired yesterday,September 7, Ely's partner and manager Diane Ventura disclaimed earlier reportsthat the band leader suffered another heart attack.
"He underwent angioplasty because nagkaroon ulit ngcholesterol buildup dun sa main artery," informed Diane. "It's not actually a heartattack."
Diane added that Ely was asked by the doctors to rest for two months to recover fully.
The iconic singer-songwriter was admitted afterexperiencing chest pains while in the middle of the Eraserheads jampacked reunion concert held at the Bonifacio Global City open fieldin Taguig last August 30.
Ely's recent health dilemmawas linked to stress and exhaustion—both physically and emotionally. Twodays before the reunion concert, Ely's mother, Mrs. Lisette Buendia, succumbedto cardiac arrest. All the preparations leading to the concert plus the loss ofa loved one ultimately took its toll on Buendia—who still managed to finish theband's first set composed of 15 songs—on the night of the concert.
ONTHE WAY TO RECOVERY. TheBuzzalso managed to get a few words from some of Ely's closest friends who wereable to visit him at the hospital.
"Last time na bumisitakami nakakalakad siya, nakakapagsalita, kumakain, nakakapag-joke around," saidfilm director Joyce Bernal.
According to renowned scriptwriter Ricky Lee, who was Ely's teacher when the young musician was still a film-major student at the University of the Philippines,the incident was a blessing in disguise since it led to the discovery of the serioushealth malady.
"Sabi nga niya sa amin, it was a good thing din naman na nangyari ‘yon kasi nagkaka-blockage na rin'yong isang artery niya, so nadiskubre. Mabuti't naagapan," said Lee.
Buendia's formerEraserheads bandmates also paid a visit, proving thattheir friendship remains strong.
Diane thanked all thefans who prayed for Ely's recovery and for understanding why the reunion concert last week had to be cut short.
"He's in stable condition, we're expecting a 100percent full recovery. We want to extend our deepest gratitude to the fans. I'mgrateful na the fans are so understanding."
In closing, Diane advised Ely, "Stayin shape, drink your medicine. Wala munang traba-trabaho, kahit mamulubi, importante ang health. Health is wealth."